Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker

The comedian/choirboy delivers an affable if slightly obvious Edinburgh Festival Fringe set

It's always good to have a gimmick to make you stand out from the rest of the stand-ups; but it's not often the case that a comedian doubles up as a choir singer. Even more incongruously, Lloyd Griffith is big and beardy, yet has a beautiful falsetto voice.

Taking his title, Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker, from a rather perceptive quote by a reviewer, Griffith takes the amusing contradiction of sight and sound and runs with it. Plus it provides him with plenty of opportunities to display his singing talent, with a voice that gives you goosebumps. In addition there's an easy but effective gag to be found in the misuse of the ethereal voice to sing coarse colloquialisms and the occasional 'motherfucker'.

Some of the jokes are a little obvious: you can see the punchline about getting into the knickers of a girl he fancied at school coming as clearly as the juggernaut that Griffith looks like he drives. But he possesses an infectiously affable nature and the ability to spin a good yarn, and in his time as a singer he has collected a fair few. To top it all there's also the most homoerotic recreation of a school disco by two tubby men you're likely to have seen for a while.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug (not 11), 7.15pm, £7.50--£10.50 (£6.50--£9.50).

Lloyd Griffith: Voice of an Angel

  • 3 stars

Songs and self-depreciating gags.